Bob Haining criticizes DFB workforce: “Handball is genuine”

by Christian Stuwe

This Friday, the nationwide handball workforce begins with a gaggle sport in opposition to Qatar (reside ticker at 6:00 p.m. ET). for the World Championships in Poland and Sweden.

Bob Haining, Managing Director of Fuchse Berlin and Vice President of the DHB till 2021, speaks in interview ran About the beginning opponent and prospects of German handball gamers within the World Cup.

Haining, who is identified for his outspoken statements, additionally talks in regards to the cancellation of the World Cup by Fox participant Fabian Weide and the poor efficiency of the DFB workforce on the World Cup in Qatar.

The 54-year-old expects handball gamers to promote higher.

ran: Mr. Henning, what do you count on from the German workforce within the World Cup?

Bob Hanning: Given the European Championship in 2024 in our personal nation, we definitely shouldn’t make it a transitional World Cup. I believe the draw string is very beneficial, we must always purpose not less than for the quarterfinals.

ran: Germany is not one of many prime favourites. What do you suppose are the explanations for this?

Hanning: To be counted among the many prime favourites, we didn’t carry out nicely sufficient within the final World and European Championships. Due to the cancellation of particular person nationwide gamers, the workforce composition should be barely modified. You must get the right combination of younger and outdated. The workforce now has to show it. Association officers method objective setting in a considerably extra defensive method, which I’ll admit as an exception on this case.

ran, You already talked about the cancellation, with nationwide coach Alfred Gislasson expressing his disappointment. Do you perceive why, for instance, Fabian Weide of Fuchsen Berlin is now having surgical procedure on his jaw as a substitute of taking part in the World Cup?

Hanning: I might additionally like to see Fabian Wede play within the World Cup. Unfortunately, this is not the primary World Cup or European Championship that he has missed. He selected marriage and dental surgical procedure. At the top of the day it’s a must to consider it for your self and draw conclusions from it if that is what you need. But it is a little bit too simple for me to pin it on Fabian Weide. Quite a number of different gamers received cancelled. I believe it is good and proper to maintain the gamers who’re there now. And not about those that are usually not there.

ran, Do you see any German gamers who is perhaps able to making it to stardom within the event?

Hanning: I do not like hype about particular person gamers and do not need to get entangled in it. I’ll simply let the younger gamers play with pleasure and enjoyable. If one thing emerges throughout a event, that is good. But to place a bag on somebody already, I do not consider in that in any respect.

ran, The first match of the World Cup shall be in opposition to Qatar on Friday. How do you price your opponent?

Hanning: Qatar’s pinnacle got here once they completed runners-up of their residence World Cup in 2015. They have been in a position to preserve this stage ever since, changing into the Asian champions a number of occasions. It is an excellent however beatable handball workforce.

ran, Qatar is an excellent key phrase. You wrote in your column in “Sport Bild” that after the disappointing efficiency of the DFB workforce within the World Cup, the Handball World Cup is an incredible alternative for the DHB workforce to win the followers over to handball. Do you suppose soccer could also be endlessly weak?

Hanning: I’m removed from cursing soccer or bragging about soccer. I additionally wrote in my essay for “Tagspiegel” that it is a much more social concern that was mirrored through the World Cup and in soccer. What the DFB workforce confirmed in Qatar wasn’t sufficient ardour, sufficient coronary heart and sufficient authenticity for me. The trappings bothered me much more. That advertising and marketing and dialogue in regards to the One Love armband was extra vital than what was proven on the pitch. As a soccer fan that I’m, I did not prefer it. I believe individuals need to see one thing completely different. And I hope we will do higher with the nationwide handball workforce. Then it is not at all times vital whether or not you attain the quarter-finals or the semi-finals.

ran: Is handball nonetheless a extra trustworthy, acceptable sport?

Hanning: Handball is genuine. Venturesome. With approachable athletes who aren’t loopy. No one complains when two matches must be performed in three days.

ran, You have demanded that the nationwide gamers ought to be approachable, brave and strong-minded. What particularly do you count on?

Hanning: The gamers are manner too shut. With us, nobody will depart a baby to get an autograph. To give a vivid instance. Players meet in VIP rooms after video games, there is quite a lot of camaraderie. I at all times suppose it is good to have robust opinions. The media then usually ask whether or not one is allowed to say so or not. I believe it’s a must to be courageous sufficient to precise a transparent opinion.

ran, German ladies’s soccer gamers raised their sport in the summertime with a spirited show on the European Championships, which is additionally mirrored within the rising variety of spectators within the Bundesliga. Can this efficiency be the norm for the nationwide handball workforce?

Hanning: We do not want ladies’s soccer to search for function fashions. For instance, after I consider the 2016 European Championships, we have been doing this for years. Despite this, I used to be more than happy with the efficiency proven by the soccer gamers.

ran, For instance, handball in Germany is additionally coming underneath competitors from American soccer. The NFL simply performed a sport in Munich for the primary time and week after week it has excessive scores on ProSieben. What does handball must do to outlive this type of competitors?

Hanning: I believe it is principally an excellent factor. Quite a lot of sports activities are good for Germany. Importantly, many sports activities get lots of people in entrance of the TV. We haven’t any competitors with ice hockey, basketball, rugby. I do not see any competitors there, however cooperation to do one thing for the game and the individuals. To turn out to be larger and higher, we’ve to achieve success in sports activities. Because many sports activities make their mark by the nationwide workforce. I consider that with the brand new tv contract, along with the brand new streaming platform DYN and the general public broadcasters, we’ve an excellent combine. Similar to what occurred with Skye seven years in the past, there could possibly be a brand new dynamic now. There are too many touching photographs, and with the subject of digitization we may be much more fascinating for the younger goal group.

ran, You talked about on the outset the European Championships in Germany subsequent yr. Is the home event an excellent alternative for German handball?

Hanning: The Decade of Handball is an incredible event for this sport. And it begins subsequent yr not with the European Championships at residence, however with the U21 World Cup in Germany and Greece in the summertime.

ran, Do you see the competitors between the European Handball Championship and the European Football Championship, which can even happen in Germany in 2024?

Hanning: No, by no means. I personally suppose that such a yr of the sport is nice!


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